Foods That Can Cause Breakouts and Acne

It’s no secret that what we eat affects the way we look. But which foods can cause breakouts, and which ones can help prevent them?

Cow’s Milk

Drinking cow’s milk – or eating products which contain cow’s milk – can cause you to break out. This is because it increases your insulin levels, which encourages your body’s natural production of oils (sebum). Not only that but a lot of the milk we buy in the shops comes from pregnant cows, meaning there are a lot more hormones in the milk, which can also trigger the production of sebum. Cow’s milk also contains hormones that can cause overgrown in skin cells, which can block pores, which contributes to breakouts.


Sugar may also be linked to breakouts. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should avoid sugar altogether – because let’s be honest that would be pretty difficult. But you do need to try and limit the amount of sugar you consume per day, particularly in one sitting. This is because spiking your blood sugar levels can cause you to break out within a matter of hours.

Foods That Contain High-Glycemic Index

This includes food such as white bread, processed breakfast cereal, white rice, pretzels, crisps, cookies, and cake. These foods break down extremely quickly in your body, which triggers a spike in insulin and raises your blood sugar levels. This triggers hormonal fluctuations and inflammation – which both encourage breakouts.

Foods that are low in the glycemic index include; vegetables, whole grains, sweet potatoes and most fruits.

Junk Food & Fast Food

Junk food also contains a high source of glycemic index, not to mention salt, fat, sugar and is heavily processed. For the same reasons about junk food intake should be limited.

Fast food can be incredibly greasy; this also causes inflammation in the body which can lead to acne and breakouts.


Now chocolate’s one of those things that people always try to justify. Granted it can have positive effects on your health, but is it actually good for your skin?

Well, studies have shown that in fact, chocolate can also cause inflammation in the body, this intern can cause bacterial infection which can increase breakouts.

The blood cells become exposed to a bacteria called Propionibacterium Acnes, which contribute to acne by clogging pores. Another skin bacterium that can aggravate acne is Staphylococcus Aureus.

Despite this is it well known that dark chocolate is full of anti-oxidants, you just need to try and steer clear of white and milk chocolate.


This has been five things that can cause your skin to break out, this article in no way is telling you that you need to go cold turkey and not eat things again. Just moderate your intake of the items above and you should start seeing a difference in no time.